Rajeev Ram was born March 18, 1984, in Denver, Colorado, and began playing tennis with his dad at age 4. His parents, Raghav and Sushma, are originally from India.
Rajeev soon became a talented junior player. He spent most of his childhood living and training in Carmel, Indiana, where he played on the Carmel High School tennis team and won a state singles title. Rajeev also traveled the world playing junior tournaments. He won nine national titles and played in all four Grand Slam junior events. He and Brian Baker were junior doubles finalists at Wimbledon in 2002.
After high school, Rajeev accepted a tennis scholarship to the University of Illinois. He helped the Illini go 32-0 and claim the NCAA team title. He and his doubles partner, Brian Wilson, also won the NCAA doubles title. He left Illinois after one semester and turned pro in 2004.
Rajeev has won 17 ATP World tour titles – 15 in doubles and two in singles. More career highlights include these:
+ Mixed doubles champion at the 2019 Australian Open, with Barbora Krejcikova
+ Silver medal in 2016 Rio Olympic mixed doubles, partnering Venus Williams
+ Finalist in 2016 ATP Tour Finals doubles, with Raven Klaasen
+ Reached doubles semifinals at Wimbledon (2016) and U.S. Open (2014)
+ Reached doubles quarterfinals of Australian Open (2010, 2012, 2016) and Roland Garros (2011)
+ Finalist in 2016 U.S. Open mixed doubles, with CoCo Vandeweghe
+ Semifinalist in 2017 French Open mixed doubles, with Casey Dellacqua
+ Won singles and doubles titles both at the ATP event in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2009; in that event, he accomplished a unique feat: winning four pro matches in one day
+ Seven ATP Challenger Tour singles titles
+ 27 ATP Challenger Tour doubles titles
+ Career-high ATP singles ranking: No. 56 (April 2016)
+ Career-high ATP doubles ranking: No. 11 (March 2017)
When he’s not touring, Rajeev splits his time between Indiana and California with his wife Zainab. He likes to spend time with family and friends and play golf. Away from tennis, he seeks to give back by way of his nonprofit organization, EntouRaj for Kids, which seeks to provide opportunities to Midwest youth through tennis and education.
You can keep up with Raj wherever he is by following him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.